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During last night's "Treehouse of Horror" episode of "The Simpsons" the long-running animated show yet again paid tribute to Stanley Kubrick, though this time they went all out. While I didn't seem to notice any references to Lolita, Fear and Desire or The Killing it's easy to spot references to Eyes Wide Shut and A Clockwork Orange as the main inspiration along with asides to Full Metal Jacket, Barry Lyndon and a great use of an iPhone standing in as the monolith from 2001: A Space Odyssey as Homer goes ape. Give it a watch below. »
- Brad Brevet
The Simpsons continued their annual Halloween tradition on Sunday night with the series' 25th "Treehouse of Horror" episode. Like past installments, it featured three short segments – but the clear highlight was "A Clockwork Yellow," a spirited spoof of Stanley Kubrick's iconic filmography. The above clip, courtesy of Vulture, features a rapid-fire spree of Kubrick references – from 2001: A Space Odyssey to Eyes Wide Shut to Full Metal Jacket to (briefly) Barry Lyndon – but focuses on a Clockwork Orange-centric plot.
"A Clockwork Yellow" stars Moe as a member of a »
Twenty years ago (wow!), The Simpsons aired what is arguably the best Treehouse of Horror episode ever, "Treehouse of Horror V," which featured the show's parody of The Shining. Last night, on this year's installment, the show went back to the Stanley Kubrick well hard. It centered on a Clockwork Orange parody, which means you finally get to hear Moe talk in Nadsat, but along the way, the show nails a bunch of other Kubrick films — Full Metal Jacket, 2001, Eyes Wide Shut, and even Barry Lyndon ("Even I forget what this is in reference to") — before giving us a yellow version of the director himself. Watch a short clip below. Or if you have Hulu Plus, you can watch the full episode there, Uncle Moneybags. »
- Jesse David Fox
Directed by Damien Chazelle.
A promising young drummer enrolls at a cutthroat music conservatory where his dreams of greatness are mentored by an instructor who will stop at nothing to realize a student’s potential.
“There are no two words in the English language more harmful than good job. ”
The above isn’t just a powerfully resonating line of motivation that hard-ass band teacher Fletcher (J.K. Simmons) tells his most promising drummer Andrew (Milee Teller) to justify the extremities of his tutoring process, it’s a piece of dialogue that will hit home hard to anyone that has wanted not just to be competent at what they do, but to be one of the absolute best. That’s what Whiplash does. You don’t need to be involved in the jazz scene or have »
- Robert Kojder
At the peak of my transition from childhood into womanhood, I rented a VHS copy of Fright Night from my local video store. I had small crushes growing up on people like the boy who sat in front of me in choir, but when my 12 year old eyes saw Christopher Sarandon’s performance as Jerry Dandridge it was all over. I think for most people, we distinctly remember the first time we see someone that makes us “feel” different. To me, Dandridge is the epitome of the charming bad boy. The constant threat of danger is a thrilling fantasy but the fact he didn’t look (or act) like the monsters and murders I’d seen in other horror films was alluring. He smirked sideways with homosexual undertones and he could woo a woman in a dance party setting just by looking at her. He had the body of a »
- BJ Colangelo
'Whiplash' movie review: 'Emotionally explosive film' (photo: J.K. Simmons in 'Whiplash') Damien Chazelle, writer and director of Whiplash, his 2014 Sundance Film Festival-winning second feature, is himself a musical prodigy of sorts. He attended the sort of prestigious musical conservatory his protagonist — played by the acerbic, ascending star Miles Teller — attends in Chazelle's sharply realized, emotionally explosive film. Whiplash, in fact, is a most appropriate title. The “insider's” perspective can sometimes burden a young filmmaker — or a filmmaker of any age, really. Knowing too much can be a trap; the inclination to “get it right” down to the last well-known detail can muddy a story and stifle narrative flow. And there's the possibility — or rather, the likelihood — that the filmmaker's personal experience is actually interesting only to the filmmaker. Chazelle avoids these pitfalls. Whiplash, while stylish and slightly elliptical, is neither muddy nor stifling. It flows freely; it's literally »
- Tim Cogshell
Whiplash is one of those rare films where you need to understand the intention or you'll find yourself rolling your eyes more than once as writer/director Damien Chazelle turns the volume not up to ten, not up to eleven, but he breaks the damned thing off. The sheer electricity of this movie had me so utterly amped up I wouldn't have wanted it any other way. This is the kind of movie that makes your heart beat faster. This is the kind of movie I would have wanted my high school or college coach showing me. It's an exhibit as to how hard someone must push for greatness while testing the limits of how far that someone should be pushed. This isn't a movie for softies. This isn't a movie for people that think things in life should come easy or those that think second, third and fourth place finishers deserve trophies. »
- Brad Brevet
Directed by: Damien Chazelle Written by: Damien Chazelle Main Cast: Miles Teller, J.K. Simmons, Melissa Benoist, Paul Reiser, and more… Past Oscar relations: None (yet) Today we have another article in this particular series of mine concerning certain 2014 releases hoping to compete for some sort of actual Oscar attention as a contender at the upcoming 2015 ceremony. Next up for us here is a small yet potentially major player in Whiplash, which hopes to be the latest Sundance sensation to appeal to the Academy. Can it actually do it after high profile subsequent showings at the Cannes Film Festival and New York Film Festival? Let us discuss that possibility a little bit now below… This character/drama is an expansion of the short film by writer/director Damien Chazelle, who pulls the same double duty here with the feature. The cast is comprised of J.K. Simmons and Miles Teller in the main roles, »
- Joey Magidson
A lot of people see cinema as a way to capture reality. Quite frankly, I do not see it that way. It is an artificial medium, and everyone watching knows it. The capturing reality mindset is needed for some pictures, but it is not a hard and fast rule. I think filmmakers embracing film's artificiality can make for very interesting products. One of my favorite ways to highlight that is by directly breaking the fourth wall, a storytelling technique that addresses the audience in very a direct way. It can make them complicit in a nefarious plot. It can accuse them. It can bring them in on a joke. It is a very fun device to use, and, for the most part, it works when it's used. Below is a pretty fun supercut of breaking the fourth wall in movies. Here, though, breaking the fourth wall is translated as looking directly at the lens. »
- Mike Shutt
Exclusive: When I pull up to the home that Robert Downey Jr and his wife and producing partner Susan share in Malibu, there are the trappings you would expect from the house owned by Hollywood’s best paid actor. The small fleet of cars, all tarped; the expanse of Pacific Ocean viewable from most anywhere on the grounds, a small staff that runs the house. But there are also the mischievous aspects you expect from Downey. There is that wooden blocking dummy in the barn that has raised bruises a plenty as Downey spent the last decade closing in on his black belt in the Chinese martial art Wing Chun. There’s the bright yellow front door that is as cheery and inviting as the spacious interior. The rooms are adorned by an undoubtedly pricey artwork collection, but there is nothing show-offy; the bathroom, for instance, features a medley of framed photos, »
- Mike Fleming Jr
Stars: Marissa Skell, Eve Mauro, Ed O’Ross, Yvette Yates, Thomas Downey, Casey Fitzgerald, Rebecca Grant, Adrian Kirk, Alison Mei Lan, Keith Compton, Richard Moll, Leslie Easterbrook, Louis Mandylor, Ron Jeremy, Kevin Sorbo | Written by Chris W. Freeman | Directed by Justin Jones, Chris W. Freeman
Imagine if you let a horny, Add-riddled teenage boy watch a whole bunch of 80s slasher movies, introduce him to a gaggle of nubile young women, and then make his own take on the genre but without a decent budget, or decent gore effects. You’d probably end up with something like Sorority Party Massacre…
When his daughter goes missing, an L.A. police captain (Kevin Sorbo) dispatches Detective Watts (Thomas Downey) to investigate. As Watts is due to be suspended for growing anger management issues, he is keen to earn the favour of his captain. However, on arriving in Grizzly Cove, the setting for a gathering of sorority girls, »
- Phil Wheat
All the Warwick Davis Leprechaun movies are coming out in a new Blu Ray combo pack. The commentary tracks offer some memories of my two contributions to the guilty pleasure franchise. Here are a few more.
I grew up enjoying the absurdist humor of the Monty Python’s Flying Circus TV series. So why not Absurdist Cinema? I loved the 1941 Hellzapoppin’, an early iconic example. The concept of the mid ’90’s Leprechaun franchise was proudly ludicrous – pint sized Jason/Freddy/Chucky amalgam with an Irish twist terrorizes and kills most of the supporting cast. But he was never really scary. I decided to embrace the absurd and make it as much fun as the formula allowed.
- Brian Trenchard-Smith
Ahead of the 58th BFI London Film Festival, American Express has teamed up with some of Britain’s most influential movie bloggers – including us – to produce a new bank of film trivia celebrating British cinemas rich history.
“There’s so much to celebrate about British film, from iconic locations, multi-award winning production and creative teams to some of the world’s best loved stars,” states Melissa Weber, Vice President Brand and Communications, American Express “People love talking about film and this list should fuel some great discussion, enabling people across the country to get into the spirit of this year’s Film Festival.”
A selection of the facts have been turned into Vine videos to be hosted on Twitter via @AmexUK, using #BritFilmTrivia and will be calling for enthusiasts to trade their favourite facts. Meanwhile, a video has been released with Alex Zane, which you can see below, along with a selection of the trivia… »
- Gary Collinson
A batch of new posters for possible Oscar contenders have arrived over the last 24 hours including posters for Tommy Lee Jones' The Homesman starring Jones and Hilary Swank, St. Vincent starring Bill Murray and Melissa McCarthy and The Imitation Game (read my review) starring Benedict Cumberbatch, but it's the Brazilian poster for Whiplash that really catches my eye. Arriving via Cinemarcado, the orange and white poster harkens back to the '70s with a tagline that translates to "The road to the top can take you to the limit". Simply fantastic and a film I truly hope finds its way into Oscar voters' hearts. I can't wait for you to see it. Here's a snippet from my review: Whiplash is one of those rare films where you need to understand the intention or you'll find yourself rolling your eyes more than once as writer/director Damien Chazelle turns the volume not up to ten, »
- Brad Brevet
We’ve reviewed every summer movie season since 1980 to find out which are the best, and which are the worst. Last week we posted our picks for the worst, and here we post our picks for the best.
2015 and 2016 may just be the most overthetop summer movie seasons yet. It seems like nearly every movie slated for a summer 2015 or 2016 release is heavily anticipated. Because of these impending summers of movie awesomeness, we’ve decided to take a look back at summer movie seasons of years past. The idea of the summer movie season is currently in full swing, but it didn’t catch on immediately. Hollywood had to do its fair share of experimenting to determine what types of films would be most successful. As a result, some summer movie seasons have been better than others. We’ve reviewed them all for you and ranked them from worst to best. »
- email@example.com (G.S. Perno)
Ethan Hawke is riding a wave. Having languished for a time amidst unfortunate exploits, such as Daybreakers, Brooklyn’s Finest and Getaway, he returned to critical favour with Before Midnight in 2013. Following that with Richard Linklater’s acclaimed Boyhood, he is now sweeping through the 2014 festival circuit with Cymbeline, and Good Kill. In another example of the compelling creativity that can come of repeated collaboration, Good Kill is the third film that Hawke has made with writer-director Andrew Niccol. Their previous teamings produced Gattaca and Lord Of War, so the prospect of a reunion for the two would seem very promising indeed – as this newly released poster suggests:
The official synopsis for the film is as follows:
- Sarah Myles
Director Adam Wingard and writer Simon Barrett are known for their collaborations on A Horrible Way to Die, You’re Next, and the V/H/S franchise. They’re back at their unique brand of darkly comedic horror with The Guest (review), which opens in theaters nationwide on September 17th.
In The Guest a mysterious soldier shows up on the doorstep of the Peterson family, claiming to be a friend of their son, who died in action. After the young man is welcomed into their home, a series of accidental deaths occur, which seem oddly connected to his arrival.
We got a chance to catch up with them to ask a few questions… hope we didn’t overstay our welcome!
Dread Central: How come you built the story around a soldier, who is evil? Was there any hesitation in presenting America’s hero as a villain?
Simon Barrett: No. »
- Staci Layne Wilson
The current hot-button issue of drone warfare is explored in the latest movie from director Andrew Niccol (Gattaca, Lord of War, In Time), which follows a former fighter pilot (Ethan Hawke) who now spends his days controlling drones from thousands of miles away. January Jones, Zoë Kravitz, Jake Abel and Bruce Greenwood co-star in this upcoming thriller, which doesn't have a domestic release date set at this time.
The film tells the story of a Las Vegas fighter-pilot turned drone-pilot (Ethan Hawke), who fights the Taliban via remote control for half of his day, then goes home to his wife (January Jones) and kids in the suburbs for the other half. But the pilot is starting to question the mission. Is he creating more terrorists than he's killing? »
The film, starring Ethan Hawke, enjoyed its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival on September 5th.
From the Oscar nominated visionary writer/director of Lord Of War comes a unique look at the current state of war through the eyes of a drone-pilot.
The film tells the story of a Las Vegas fighter-pilot turned drone-pilot (Ethan Hawke), who fights the Taliban via remote control for half of his day, then goes home to his wife (January Jones) and kids in the suburbs for the other half. But the pilot is starting to question the mission. Is he creating more terrorists than he’s killing? Is he fighting a war without end? One soldier’s tale with epic implications.
- Michelle McCue
Not everyone can do a good Reddit Ama. Some people don't get the format or how to interact with fans or are just generally boring. Not Denzel Washington. He absolutely owned his Reddit Ama this afternoon, in anticipation of his upcoming film "The Equalizer," not just answering questions but expounding on them in detail. Here are our favorite tidbits from his Reddit. You can read the whole thing here.
On kicking all the butts in "The Book of Eli":
There were a lot of takes. We worked on those fight scenes for a month. They were well-choreographed, and in fact, there's one scene where i think I fight 15 different guys at once - we actually worked it so I could fight 15 guys at one time! I did ninety percent, I don't know what percent, my own stunts, the stuntmen didn't have to do as much, but that was mostly me. »
- Jenni Miller
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